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Starlink: Russia threatens Elon Musk after his contribution to Ukraine

“Elon, you will be responsible as an adult – no matter how stupid you play.”

The tone between the Kremlin camp and Elon Musk has risen again. After the first lunar episode, when he directly provoked Putin, now he has incurred the wrath of Dmitry Rogozin. And as the CEO of SpaceX, the sulphurous director of the Russian Space Agency doesn’t keep his mouth shut either.

On Sunday, May 8, Musk posted a note on Twitter, which, apparently, was addressed to the Russian media by Roscosmos. This refers to the recent decision of the billionaire to organize the delivery of Starlink terminals to Ukrainian forces (see our article).

Recall that this is equipment that provides access to the constellation of web satellites of the same name. They allow you to connect to the Internet in remote areas and regardless of the local infrastructure. Thus, this delivery represented significant strategic support, which was welcomed by Ukrainian officials.

SpaceX is now considered a player in the conflict

But, as one would expect, this outstretched hand did not go unnoticed by the Kremlin. This gesture was even interpreted as a deliberately hostile maneuver. Some Russian officials now seem to see SpaceX as an integral part of the conflict.

In any case, this is precisely what follows from the English translation of Rogozin’s message. Remember that Roskosmos, the institution he heads, is directly dependent on the Russian authorities. Although the style is very different from that of Musk, Rogozin is known for his boisterous statements with an often inquisitive tone. We remember, for example, his half-word threat to the fate of the ISS and find the same semantics in this new message.

Based on the testimony of the captured commander of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Dmitry Kormyankov, it turns out that Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite terminals were delivered to the Nazi Azov Battalion and Ukrainian marines in Mariupol by military helicopters.
According to our information, the supply of Starlink equipment was carried out by the Pentagon. Thus, Elon Musk is involved in the supply of military communications equipment to the fascist troops in Ukraine. And for this, Elon, you will be responsible as an adult – no matter how stupid you play.

“I’m glad I knew you”

The message conscientiously uses the vocabulary used by the Russian authorities since the beginning of the invasion. Of particular note is the presence of the lexical field of Nazism, a political position that the Russian press continues to attribute to the Ukrainian government and militants.

It is difficult to say whether this targeted message will have concrete consequences in the future. It may just be another abstract threat; Russian officials have already made dozens of them since the invasion began. In any case, the interested party took note of this. “If I die under mysterious circumstances, I would love to meet you,” he said on his favorite platform. A bit of humor that didn’t seem to make his mother, May Musk, smile.

Transfer of weapons (probably) without direct consequences

This dose of humor indicates that Musk doesn’t seem particularly bothered by these thinly veiled threats. Indeed, since the beginning of the invasion, the Russian authorities have not always been able to back up words with deeds – remember that the invasion of Ukraine was originally supposed to be completed in just a few days. A very ambitious deadline, which was tirelessly beaten out by all Russian propaganda bodies at the beginning of the conflict … and which today is very far from reality.

So far, the Russian authorities seem to have not reacted in any way to Musk’s response. But it’s hard to imagine that this little exchange of weapons in the form of inserted declarations will go much further. The Russian General Staff, of course, now has more important tasks; I’m not sure that the terminals supplied by the billionaire in full communication mode are a priority, even if they really helped the Ukrainian contingent.

Ultimately, this is more likely a reaction to the US intervention in general, rather than a threat to Musk in particular. Remember that the US government would be directly involved in the supply of Starlink terminals. An intervention that was perceived by Russian leaders as an insult. For the past weeks, they have been hammering that they consider all countries that supply equipment to Ukraine to be hostile.

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